KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – A passenger in a moped that crashed into a dump truck Tuesday has died from her injuries, police report.
Twenty-nine-year-old Mokihana Choy of Kailua-Kona was pronounced dead at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu at 12:24 p.m. Wednesday (May 27). The moped driver, a 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man, remains at Kona Community Hospital in stable condition, police say.
The deadly incident occurred on the morning of Tuesday, May 26.
At approximately 10 a.m. Tuesday, the moped was merging onto the southbound lane of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway from Hualālai Road, when it attempted to merge between a dump truck and the trailer it was pulling. The trailer ran over the moped, which was carrying the operator and Choy. Neither rider was wearing a helmet. The operator of the dump truck was not injured.Hawaii County Police
Police have reclassified the case from a negligent injury to a negligent homicide. The investigation is ongoing.